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How long a shelf life do brownies have

post #1 of 8
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kathy@phat.co.nz (kathy) wrote in news:32b17c7c.0401030809.434f89a8
@posting.google.com:

> Someone sent me some brownies on November 19, and I've just received the box. They were sealed in
> Ziploc plastic bags inside the box. They look and smell okay. How long a shelf life do brownies
> have when shipped by mail? They haven't been refrigerated, but they probably have not been exposed
> to high temperatures, either. They still feel relatively soft.
>
> Someone went to a lot of trouble to make them and I'd hate to throw them out. At the same time,
> though, I can't really afford to be sick for two days from eating something that has spoiled. What
> do I do?
>
> What sort of spoilage occurs in baked goods, anyway? I know that things like bread and cookies get
> stale and stiff, but do they ever get hazardous to eat?
>
> thanks,
>
> kathy
>

Due to their high sugar content they should probably be fine. Baked goods can go moldy but that's
usually obvious.

Wayne
post #2 of 8

Re: How long a shelf life do brownies have

In rec.food.cooking, kathy <kathy@phat.co.nz> wrote:
> Someone sent me some brownies on November 19, and I've just received the box.

Call your local department of public works and find out when the next pickup of hazardous waste will
occur. In the meantime, get them out of the house, preferably sealed in an airtight metal container.

--
...I'm an air-conditioned gypsy...

- The Who
post #3 of 8

Re: How long a shelf life do brownies have

On 3 Jan 2004 08:09:20 -0800, kathy@phat.co.nz (kathy)
wrote:

> Someone sent me some brownies on November 19, and I've just received the box. They were sealed in
> Ziploc plastic bags inside the box. They look and smell okay. How long a shelf life do brownies
> have when shipped by mail? They haven't been refrigerated, but they probably have not been
> exposed to high temperatures, either. They still feel relatively soft.
>
> Someone went to a lot of trouble to make them and I'd hate to throw them out. At the same time,
> though, I can't really afford to be sick for two days from eating something that has spoiled.
> What do I do?
>
> What sort of spoilage occurs in baked goods, anyway? I know that things like bread and cookies
> get stale and stiff, but do they ever get hazardous to eat?
>

It's your summer now - is it humid? Do they have any mold? I sincerely doubt they will spoil on
you... but they will get stale and should be very stale by this time.

Practice safe eating - always use condiments
post #4 of 8

Re: How long a shelf life do brownies have

I know you didn't mean it this way, but you've asked a sort of trick question. No one can tell you
the brownies are safe to eat because then you might get sick, and we'd be at fault. On the other
hand, brownies aren't really a highly volatile food. If they look and smell O.K., they probably are
fine. Then on to the third hand, how valuable are a bunch of home made brownies? If you're worried,
toss them. The peace of mind will be worth it.

If it were me, I'd go with the reasoning on the third hand. Any time I'm not sure of food, I throw
it away instead of worrying about it.

But then, I wouldn't be worried about the brownies in the first place. Baked goods might get stale
which means they don't taste good, but they're not usually poisonous. Baked goods sometimes get
green mold on them, but then you can see it; you don't have to guess. I wouldn't worry about
brownies the way I'd worry about unrefrigerated chicken or seafood where the food might taste fine
but make the eater dreadfully sick later.

--Lia

kathy wrote:
> Someone sent me some brownies on November 19, and I've just received the box. They were sealed in
> Ziploc plastic bags inside the box. They look and smell okay. How long a shelf life do brownies
> have when shipped by mail? They haven't been refrigerated, but they probably have not been exposed
> to high temperatures, either. They still feel relatively soft.
>
> Someone went to a lot of trouble to make them and I'd hate to throw them out. At the same time,
> though, I can't really afford to be sick for two days from eating something that has spoiled. What
> do I do?
>
> What sort of spoilage occurs in baked goods, anyway? I know that things like bread and cookies get
> stale and stiff, but do they ever get hazardous to eat?
>
> thanks,
>
> kathy
post #5 of 8

Re: How long a shelf life do brownies have

sf writes:

> It's your summer now - is it humid?

Not in Europe (where I live). It's moderately humid outside, but quite cold. Warmer inside but much
less humid.

> Do they have any mold?

I dunno. What does mold look like?

> I sincerely doubt they will spoil on you... but they will get stale and should be very stale by
> this time.

So they are safe to eat, but probably won't taste good? They still feel soft through the plastic.

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post #6 of 8

Re: How long a shelf life do brownies have

On Sat, 03 Jan 2004 22:34:51 +0100, Mxsmanic
<mxsmanic@hotmail.com> wrote:

> sf writes:
>
> > It's your summer now - is it humid?
>
> Not in Europe (where I live). It's moderately humid outside, but quite cold. Warmer inside but
> much less humid.

? <kathy@phat.co.nz (kathy)> ? You moved?
>
> > Do they have any mold?
>
> I dunno. What does mold look like?
>
Here's what it looks like: http://www.cheesy-wotsits.co.uk/breadexpday7.htm

Practice safe eating - always use condiments
post #7 of 8

Re: How long a shelf life do brownies have

"kathy" <kathy@phat.co.nz> wrote in message
news:32b17c7c.0401030809.434f89a8@posting.google.com...
> Someone sent me some brownies on November 19, and I've just received the box. They were sealed in
> Ziploc plastic bags inside the box. They look and smell okay. How long a shelf life do brownies
> have when shipped by mail? They haven't been refrigerated, but they probably have not been exposed
> to high temperatures, either. They still feel relatively soft.
>
> Someone went to a lot of trouble to make them and I'd hate to throw them out. At the same time,
> though, I can't really afford to be sick for two days from eating something that has spoiled. What
> do I do?
>
> What sort of spoilage occurs in baked goods, anyway? I know that things like bread and cookies get
> stale and stiff, but do they ever get hazardous to eat?
>
> thanks,
>
> kathy

You're kidding right?

You've has some home made Brownies since November 19th?

Shame on you.... ;-)

If they have no mold and small OK they are probably OK.

Hurry.

Dimitri
post #8 of 8

Re: How long a shelf life do brownies have

Dimiri writes:

> You've has some home made Brownies since November 19th?

No, they didn't arrive until December 29 or so.

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